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Blood Red Jewel Cichlid Hemichromis lifalili
Size: 5-6 cm
Price: £5.95 each
Discount: Buy 5 or more Blood Red Jewel Cichlid Hemichromis lifalili and get 10% off!!
Stock: 1 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Easy
Schooling Fish: No
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.8 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||Buy 5 or more Blood Red Jewel Cichlid Hemichromis lifalili and get 10% off!!|
Hemichromis lifalili (Blood Red Jewel Cichlid, Red Forest Jewel Cichlid)
One of the most commonly sold jewel cichlids. While telling Hemichromis species apart is difficult at the best of times, and made more difficult by considerable hybridisation between them, true Hemichromis lifalili should be bright red with numerous blue spots on their head and body. They have only two black spots on each side of their bodies, one on the gill cover and another halfway along the flank. A third spot on the caudal peduncle is apparent on juveniles but fades away as the fish mature. The is unlike the situation with the otherwise similar species Hemichromis bimaculatus and Hemichromis guttatus, where all three dark spots are apparent even when mature. Male and female Hemichromis lifalili are very similar, but males may be more brightly coloured when spawning.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Hemichromis species are hardy and adaptable, but notoriously territorial and very aggressive when spawning, which is something to they do readily once mature. Consequently their value in community tanks is limited. The best choices are fast-moving midwater characins and barbs, for example Congo tetras and silver dollars. Because they prefer soft to moderately hard water they are not good choices for Rift Valley or Central American cichlid aquaria either.
Best kept in their own aquaria where their outstanding parental instincts can be observed. Pairs of mature fish may be selected by observing their behaviour, but otherwise it is best to buy a group of juveniles and allow them to pair off naturally. Surplus fish can then be removed.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||Central Africa: Congo River|
|Size||10-12 cm is typical|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|